Irish politician, architect of the "Good Friday-agreement" in Northern Ireland
"Austria has been one of the main hubs of European culture, especially in music and art. The artists are not always conventional or conformist. Like the recent prizewinner for literature, Elfriede Jelinek, some of Helnwein’s work, which takes an uncomfortable look at Austria’s past and the unhealthily close relationship between Church and Sate in the Nazi era, has caused controversy.
I think we should be in no doubt that we are in the presence of the work of an artist of exceptional stature."